Maud in a relegation dogfight

Maud were playing only their fourth game since the beginning of December and still had a full team of players out with injuries or other commitments and with only three substitutes on the bench, it was going to be a difficult game and so it proved.

However Maud did start off with a chance after only two minutes when Iain Arthur collected the ball in midfield, powerfully ran forward and laid an enticing ball across the Stoneywood area but Goodbrand in the Stoneywood goal just got to it before the oncoming Maud forwards.

On ten minutes Kevin Simpson flayed a long ball down the right for Luke Barbour to run on to in the Stoneywood area but his low shot was just saved.

Stoneywood were now imposing themselves and nearly scored when a corner was not cleared and Gatt just managed to kick the ball off the line, however the pressure eventually paid off when McKechnie was unmarked on the edge of the Maud area. His shot was charged down but fell to Stevenson who easily scored the first goal.

Three minutes later Maud were two goals down when Farmer was allowed space on the left to swing a long ball to the far post where James Duguid could only turn it into his own net.

The first two minutes of the second half really decided the game. First of all a good run down the right by Barbour saw the game come to Roy Noble in the Stoneywood penalty area but he was not committed enough to force a shot on goal and the ball was easily cleared. It was swiftly returned towards the Maud penalty area and a low shot from the left ended up in the Maud goal.

On 53 minutes Maud’s best chance of the game came from a fierce free kick from Jason MacDonald but Goodbrand dived full stretch to turn it round the post.

Maud conceded a fourth goal soon afterwards from another cross from the left which was turned in by Stevenson.

The final goal of the game came on 89 minutes when Stoneyood broke and MacKechnie rounded Gatt to score Stonewoods fifth.

With no substations available due to more injuries and players confidence relay low, Maud now find themselves in a relegation dogfight.

This week Maud are at home to Sunnybank with a 2pm kick-off.

MAUD: Gatt, Simpson, Arthur, Gray, Massie, Duguid, Rae, MacDonald, Noble, Willox, L. Barbour.